Have you ever met a famous person? If so, who? If not, who would you want to meet? How did/would you react to this person?
James 2:1-9 - Read it aloud yourself, or ask someone who is a confident reader. Ask the others to listen carefully and follow along.
Read James 2:1-4: What is the problem taking place within the community to which James is writing?
As you examine your life, in what areas are you showing favoritism or special attention toward some while neglecting others?
One form of favoritism we might struggle with is looking at people in terms of what they can do for us. Do you tend to view relationships in terms of what you can get or what you can give?
Read James 2:5: God doesn’t show favoritism, he goes after the hurting, the broken, the sick, and the sinful. What would it look like if you were to see people through Gods eyes? How would that change your relationships? Which specific relationships would it change?
James 2:14-19 - Read it aloud yourself, or ask someone who is a confident reader. Ask the others to listen carefully and follow along.
If you have genuine saving faith, what is true about your life today, according to James 2:18?
Discuss why James is not saying we are saved by works. "We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone." (Ephesians 2:8-10).
Do a quick assessment of your faith. What is one area you would like to see your faith grow a little more as a result of this study?